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Boric acid is a precursor material for other boron compounds. A dilute water solution of boric acid is usually employed as a mild antiseptic and eyewash. Boric acid is employed in leather manufacture, electroplating and cosmetics. It is involved in the production of monofilament fiberglass which finds applications in boats, industrial piping, LCD flat panel displays and computer circuit boards. It is in combination with sodium tetraborate decahydrate (borax) and is used as a welding flux by blacksmiths. The mixture of boric acid and silicone oil is useful in the production of silly putty.
Promotes the decarboalkoxylation of malonic esters and analogous compounds: Synth. Commun., 9, 609 (1979); Org. Synth. Coll., 6, 615 (1988); Can. J. Chem., 69, 1201 (1991).
Catalyzes the N-acylation of indoles with carboxylic acids: Heterocycles, 19, 91 (1982). Promotes the reaction between Benzenesulfinic acid sodium salt, A12118, and propiolate esters, under phase-transfer conditions, to give (Z)-vinyl sulfones: Org. Synth. Coll., 8, 458 (1993).
Matsumiya, H.; Hara, T. Conversion of glucose into 5-hydroxymethylfurfural with boric acid in molten mixtures of choline salts and carboxylic acids. Biomass Bioenergy 2015, 72, 227-232.
Miyazaki, T.; Takeda, Y.; Hoshiko, A.; Shimokita, K.; Ogomi, D. Evaluation of oriented amorphous regions in polymer films during uniaxial deformation; structural characterization of a poly(vinyl alcohol) film during stretching in boric acid aqueous solutions. Polym. Eng. Sci. 2015, 55 (3), 513-522.
Hazard Statements: H303-H360
May be harmful if swallowed. May damage fertility or the unborn child.
Precautionary Statements: P201-P312a-P308+P313
Obtain special instructions before use. IF exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention.